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Ponderosa Landfill Customer Service Open
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2016

Ponderosa Landfill Customer Service & Recycling Building Now Open for Public Use

The new Blue Earth County Customer Service and Recycling Building at the Ponderosa Landfill is now fully open for use by the public. Today, June 27, 2016, marks the first day that the facility will be operational for customers to drop off materials.

Goals of the new facility are to increase safety and convenience for Ponderosa Landfill customers while providing greater opportunities to recycle and store accumulated materials coming to the landfill. FULL STORY

Water Quality Chart for Kato
By Rob Lawson
June 26, 2016

According to the City of Mankato: The city of Mankato is issuing results of monitoring done on its drinking water from January 1 to December 31, 2015. The purpose of this report is to advance consumer understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resou... FULL STORY

First Half of 2016 Real Estate Taxes Due
By Rob Lawson
May 6, 2016

The Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services Department reminds property owners that the first half of real estate taxes are due Mon., May 16, 2016 and that payments can be made in the following ways; · By Mail. Payments must be postmarked on or before May 16 to avoid penalty and can be sent... FULL STORY

Area Children and Families Invited to Participate
By Rob Lawson
April 6, 2016

The Blue Earth County Library in Mankato will host a Spring Teddy Bear Clinic on Thurs., April 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lovelace Children’s Wing. Children and their families are invited to bring teddy bears for free clinic “check-ups”. In addition to teddy bear check-ups, there will be a number... FULL STORY

Info on Spring Cleanup, Recycling, Compost, Waste
By Rob Lawson
April 6, 2016

Spring Clean-up is Saturdays in May: 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring Clean-up in Mankato is being held Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 221 Lamm Street. Mankato residents may dispose of unwanted items during Spring Clean-up, a value-added benefit of Mankato's g... FULL STORY

DNR Says Whitenose Syndrome Confirmed in MN
By Rob Lawson
March 15, 2016

White-nose syndrome, a disease that can kill bats, confirmed in Minnesota White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats, has been confirmed at Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of... FULL STORY

FIrst National Bldg Designated Landmark in Kato
By Rob Lawson
March 7, 2016

The former First National Building, repurposed and now a part of the civic center, has been designated as a Heritage Preservation Landmark by the city's heritage preservation and planning commissions. The property was recognized for its development, heritage, cultural and architectural characteristi... FULL STORY

Mapleton Citywide Garage Sales
By Rob Lawson
February 22, 2016

Mapleton's City Wide garage sale will be on May 13th and 14th. Watch for details in March. FULL STORY

Dog Month in Feb at BEC Library
By Rob Lawson
February 6, 2016

The Blue Earth County Library is calling all dog lovers to attend activities put on by the Key City Kennel Club throughout the month of February. The Key City Kennel Club Dog Show has become a favorite annual event at the library for people of all ages. The event will take place on Sat., Feb. 13 f... FULL STORY

Women can learn outdoor skills at DNR winter works
By Rob Lawson
January 19, 2016

Women can discover the enjoyment of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, birding, wild ricing, dark-house fishing and hiking at a winter workshop offered by the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “The winter workshop provides a unique opportunity to... FULL STORY

NourishX Challenge for the New Year in Health
By Rob Lawson
January 5, 2016

The New Year has arrived and with it a whole lot of planning to start new trends and accomplishments for 2016. Many people will set out to achieve their goals, with varied rates of success and motivation. When it comes to eating healthy, FoodNiche.me has brought out a challenge to folks who want to ... FULL STORY

CodeRED Emergency Notification System Test Jan. 6
By Rob Lawson
December 14, 2015

Blue Earth County Emergency Management is planning to conduct a county-wide test notification alert on Jan. 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. for its CodeRED Emergency Notification System. The test is part of an “all call” procedure that is done annually for the system that will notify citizens by phone, text or e... FULL STORY

Checkpoint MN, New Ulm Hosting
By Rob Lawson
December 7, 2015

New Ulm, Minn. (Dec. 3, 2015) – For the third consecutive year, Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, in partnership with Minneapolis-based marketing agency Monopoint Media, will launch a statewide winter scavenger hunt this Thursday, Dec. 3. Coined “Checkpoint MN,” the event high... FULL STORY

Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee
By Rob Lawson
November 23, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications from people interested in serving on the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Advisory Committee. The committee was established in December 2012 to help guide the department’s aquatic invasive species activities. People con... FULL STORY

Hunters Regsiter Almost 120K Deer Says DNR
By Rob Lawson
November 18, 2015

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 118,599 deer through the second weekend of firearms deer season, up from 104,785 from the same period in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Hunters are seeing more deer this year as we continue to build deer populations across ... FULL STORY

County Visits 3rd Graders for Winter Awareness
By Rob Lawson
November 4, 2015

Winter is the signature season of Minnesota. It’s normally a long season of cold temperatures and snow and ice that can last from November through April. Yet, winter doesn’t slow Minnesotans down; in fact, Minnesotans are just as mobile and active during winter as they are during the summer months... FULL STORY

Household Waste Facility to Close for Season
By Rob Lawson
November 1, 2015

The Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility and Product Reuse Center have closed for the season. They will remain closed until the first Tuesday in April, 2016. The Facility and adjacent Product Reuse Center serve residents in Blue Earth, Nicollet, Sibley and LeSueur Counties, t... FULL STORY

City Seeks Input on Wetland Restoration
By Rob Lawson
October 25, 2015

Mankato-Blue Earth County, the city of Mankato and other local partners are developing a plan to identify and prioritize wetlands for protection and restoration. The plan priorities will be based on locally-determined public values of wetland functions. Before October 31, complete a survey to help p... FULL STORY

DNR begins zebra mussel pilot project treatment
By Rob Lawson
October 15, 2015

Starts with Ruth Lake in Crow Wing County The Department of Natural Resources is initiating pilot projects aimed at treating recently discovered, small infestations of zebra mussels on Minnesota lakes. The first pilot project is the treatment of Ruth Lake in Crow Wing County. The Ruth Lake inf... FULL STORY

New Ulm Listed 10 Best Affordable Towns on Website
By Rob Lawson
October 11, 2015

NEW ULM, MINN. – New Ulm, Minnesota was recently named to a national list, Top 10 Affordable Small Towns Where You’d Actually Want to Live. The list was compiled by Realtor.com, the official website of the National Association of REALTORS. The data team assessed more than 500 U.S. Census-designate... FULL STORY

Man at Aldi Pays for Another Family's Groceries
By Rob Lawson
September 30, 2015

Many of us have heard about the Starbucks "pay it forward" trend, but in case you haven't, the story goes that a customer decided to pay for the person behind them and the customer behind did the same for the customer behind them and that momentum kept up for several hours, then a trend continued fo... FULL STORY

County Seeks Public Thoughts on Water Issues
By Rob Lawson
September 17, 2015

Blue Earth County is seeking input through surveys to obtain public feedback on two water related programs including the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid Program and the Blue Earth County Water Management Plan. Aquatic Invasive Species Survey The County is in the process of developing... FULL STORY

Sherrif Scholarship Fund Info Released
By Rob Lawson
August 26, 2015

Blue Earth County Sheriff Brad Peterson is accepting local applications for the 2015 Minnesota Sheriff’s Association (MSA) Scholarship Program now through Oct. 15, 2015. Across the state, 15 - $600 scholarships will be awarded in 2015 due to coordinated efforts by the 87 Sheriffs of Minnesota. ... FULL STORY

Straight River Groundwater Management Area Meeting
By Rob Lawson
August 18, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting two public meetings in August to present and take comments on the Straight River Groundwater Management Area draft plan. The plan describes actions the DNR will take over the next five years in the proposed groundwater management area. Thes... FULL STORY

Back to School Teddy Bear Clinic for Kids Coming
By Rob Lawson
August 6, 2015

A Back to School Teddy Bear Clinic will be held at the Blue Earth County Library in Mankato located at 100 E. Main Street on Thurs., Aug. 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event offers area children the opportunity to bring in teddy bears for free “check-ups”, visit educational activity stations,... FULL STORY

Peacepipe Park Closed for Construction
By Rob Lawson
July 29, 2015

At 7 a.m., Wednesday (July 29), the Peacepipe Park playground, 2401 Fair Street, will be closed so sand under playground equipment can be replaced with woodchips. Using woodchips enhances safety because they can help deter wasps from nesting at the park. The playground is expected to reopen by mid-A... FULL STORY

MN Marriage Going Online
By Rob Lawson
July 24, 2015

Minnesota Moves Toward Goal of eMarriage Process: Blue Earth County First in State to Accept eMarriage Application Statewide registry unites resources to streamline application for a marriage license Couples applying for a marriage license in Blue Earth County can save time and simplify t... FULL STORY

Night to unite a community affair
By Rob Lawson
July 24, 2015

Mankato-Get involved with the city of Mankato: Host a Night to Unite event on Tuesday, August 25 Citizens connect at Night to Unite. Participate in Mankato’s Night to Unite event held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 25. Night to Unite is an opportunity for citizens to connect, raise... FULL STORY

Mankato Taking Green Steps in Right Direction
By Rob Lawson
July 24, 2015

The city of Mankato was recognized and honored for its continued participation in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. As one of 83 participating Minnesota cities, Mankato helps lead the way in sustainability efforts through implementation of best practices, focus on cost savings, energy reductio... FULL STORY

New Adult Abuse Reporting Center Opening in BEC
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2015

Minnesota Department of Human Services is launching a new central system for reporting the suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults on July 1, 2015. The Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center offers a single, state-wide common entry point that is available 24/7 with a toll free number for the ge... FULL STORY

Sentence to Serve Helps With County Garden Plots
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2015

2015 Growing Season Underway at Blue Earth County Community Farm with New Partnership and Farm Manager The Blue Earth County Community Farm (BECCF) is underway on its fourth growing season with vegetable transplants and seeds provided by Drummers Garden Center and C & S Supply planted at its site... FULL STORY

Organic Food Waste Recycling Pilot Program in Kato
By Rob Lawson
June 14, 2015

Mankato-The city of Mankato is partnering with Mankato Zero Waste (MZW) on an organics recycling pilot project to recycle food waste. Participants can register at the organics drop-site at 221 Lamm Street, Mankato on opening day--Saturday, June 20 (one-year subscription cost--$25). The site will b... FULL STORY

Plants taken in Sibley Park
By Rob Lawson
June 14, 2015

Mankato-This week, flowers and plants at Sibley Park were removed and taken. The stolen garden items have a value of around $200. Since people who live in or visit a neighborhood are in a good position to know when criminal activity is suspected, they are encouraged to report to authorities. Cal... FULL STORY

Keep the Environment Clean Locally
By Rob Lawson
June 8, 2015

Help keep streets and rivers clean by cleaning up grass clippings so that when it rains, they don't end up in storm drains, create blockages and make their way to the rivers. When grass clippings enter lakes and streams, they become pollutants that can kill fish and reduce water aesthetics. For exam... FULL STORY

Neighborhood Meeting to be Held on Park Work
By Rob Lawson
May 15, 2015

A neighborhood meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday (May 21), to discuss a Columbia Park renovation project, 2022 Fifth Avenue. The meeting will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 600 Lind Street. Park concept plans, amenities and cost of improvements will be reviewed. Citizen input is impo... FULL STORY

Kato Spring Cleanup Days
By Rob Lawson
May 4, 2015

Mankato's Spring Clean-up will be held Saturday (May 2), and again on May 9, 16 and 23. This year, Spring clean-up features extended hours from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 221 Lamm Street. Mankato residents may dispose of unwanted items during Spring clean-up, a value-added benefit of Mankato’s garbage and ... FULL STORY

Rainbarrels and Compost to Go Green in County
By Rob Lawson
April 27, 2015

Blue Earth County is partnering with the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) to offer residents affordable rain barrels and compost bins through a special program in selected communities throughout the State. Those interested in ordering a discounted rain barrel for $69 or a compost bin for $5... FULL STORY

Housing Vouchers
By Rob Lawson
April 15, 2015

The Housing Choice Voucher (section 8) waiting list for the city of Mankato and Blue Earth County opens 4 a.m., Wednesday, April 15. Eligibility To be eligible, applicants must: •meet income guidelines and not have a history of violent behavior or drug involvement; •either live, work full-tim... FULL STORY

Kato Cops Give Good Burning Tips
By Rob Lawson
April 3, 2015

Is a permit needed? No. Recreational fires are allowed in the city of Mankato without the permit. What are recreational fire uses? Cooking, social or recreational purposes. What kinds of materials are permitted in a recreational fire? Use clean wood from trees, small branches, brush, or ch... FULL STORY

Skywarn Spotter Training
By Rob Lawson
March 30, 2015

Blue Earth County, Nicollet County and the National Weather Service will host Skywarn Spotter Training on Thurs., April 9, 2015 at 6 p.m. The training will take place at South Central College in North Mankato and is open to all interested parties. There is no charge for the training and d pre-regis... FULL STORY

Mapleton Muni Helps Improve Batting Cages
By Rob Lawson
March 4, 2015

The Mapleton City Council will be using profits from the Mapleton Municipal Liquor Store to tile the new area around the batting cages and put five inches of limestone in the area for our baseball and softball leagues. FULL STORY

Return Your Waste Management Bins
By Rob Lawson
January 16, 2015

Mankato residents who still have Waste Management garbage carts are asked to call 311 or 507-387-8600 to inform staff so these carts can be picked-up. Once staff have been informed, please place cart near the house, yet visible from the street, to make it easy to locate. Customers may keep recycl... FULL STORY

Protests continued in Cali Even After MO/NY Calm
By Rob Lawson
December 11, 2014

Protests over police and the justice system in regards to citizen civil rights and the danger felt by police criticized for killing unarmed civilians have continued across the country even after situations in Missouri and New York were relatively calm. ABC News called it a testament to Californi... FULL STORY

Mankato's new curbside service transition info
By Rob Lawson
December 11, 2014

Mankato's new curbside recycling program is designed to reduce waste and increase recycling. The city of Mankato is pleased to be working with West Central Sanitation as its new garbage and recycling service provider. An exciting benefit of this service, which begins January 1 is single sort--wher... FULL STORY

City & Cops Use Wreath to Spread Fire Safety Tips
By Rob Lawson
November 26, 2014

The Mankato Department of Public Safety's annual fire prevention campaign, "Keep the wreath bright, prevent a red light" runs through January 1. A wreath is on display at the Public Safety Center, 710 South Front Street, to help remind of fire risks at home and at work. The goal is to keep the wreat... FULL STORY

Housing Rehab Funding Available
By Rob Lawson
November 20, 2014

Applications are being accepted for the city of Mankato's owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program for homeowners to help enhance their properties. Funding is available for households in Lincoln, Washington, Sibley, Germania and Tourtellotte park neighborhoods and Mankato's hilltop area. Income... FULL STORY

New Recycling Program Between Mankato and N Kato
By Rob Lawson
November 17, 2014

The two cities are partnering up on an environmental issue in society. Mankato and North Mankato are introducing a new curbside pickup service. The cities posted a YouTube video to promote the upcoming service. FULL STORY

Fire Prevention Tips
By Rob Lawson
November 11, 2014

This time of year furnaces and heating appliances can be a source of vulnerability for fires so it's important to have them checked. It's recommended to have a professional clean and check the furnace to make sure it's up to code and to also look for any obstructions in the duct work. Something as s... FULL STORY

Mankato's leaf pick-up service begins Oct. 27
By Rob Lawson
October 19, 2014

Mankato-The city of Mankato's annual leaf pick-up service is expected to begin Monday, October 27 and run through Friday, November 21, weather permitting. Leaves are vacuumed the day after garbage pick-up. It's easy--simply place leaves in the street in wind rows along the curb (no piles). Make sure... FULL STORY

Fire Prevention Open House
By Rob Lawson
October 10, 2014

Attend public safety's open house (as part of Fire Prevention Week) from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday (October 12) at Mankato's Public Safety Center, 710 South Front Street. Visitors can: view a safe escape house; watch rescue demonstrations; learn about electricity and natural gas saf... FULL STORY

New Garbage Recycle Program Begins New Year
By Rob Lawson
October 10, 2014

Beginning January 1, 2015, the city of Mankato will launch its new garbage and recycling program. Garbage and recycling carts will be delivered in December at a time to be announced. Residents who will not be home in December should call 311 or 507-387-8600 to inform staff. This will allow staff ... FULL STORY

Mankato EDA Gets 10K Homestretch Workshop Grant
By Rob Lawson
October 9, 2014

The city of Mankato's Economic Development Authority was awarded a $10,500 grant from Homeownership Education, Counseling and Training funds provided by the state of Minnesota and the Minnesota Home Ownership Center. The grant is for Home Stretch, a homebuyer education program, that provides informa... FULL STORY

Interest Strong for DNR Conservation Partner Grant
By Rob Lawson
September 29, 2014

Seventy-one applications totaling more than $8.9 million were received for the first round of the Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grant program, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Compared to last year’s Round 1 application cycle, this is nearly twice the amount requested... FULL STORY

DNR Wants Whitewater Park Campground Comments
By Rob Lawson
September 26, 2014

The Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments from Sept. 29 to Oct. 29 on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Whitewater State Park campground development project, 20 miles west of Winona in southeastern Minnesota. The DNR is proposing to develop a new ... FULL STORY

Library & MN Valley Pet Hospital "Cat Chat" Event
By Rob Lawson
September 22, 2014

Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital staff will visit the Blue Earth County Library in Mankato on Mon., Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to host a special “Cat Chat” event. Information will be provided about general cat care and a number of cat-specific topics will be discussed including environmental enrichment... FULL STORY

Pheasant population up slightly, but habitat loss
By Rob Lawson
September 19, 2014

Despite a short-term increase in the number of Minnesota pheasants, habitat loss continues to be the primary factor in the long-term decline of the state’s pheasant population, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The DNR’s August roadside survey for pheasants showed a six ... FULL STORY

Community Farm Open House
By Rob Lawson
September 3, 2014

The Blue Earth County Community Farm will host a public open house on Wed., Sept. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Weagel Park located off the Red Jacket Trail near Mount Kato at the intersection of Highway 66 and Indian Lake Road. The come and go event will highlight progress of the farm’s third growin... FULL STORY

Salvation Army Night to Unite its Own Way Tonight
By Rob Lawson
August 26, 2014

If you you missed Mankato’s National Night Out or “Night to Unite,” the Salvation Army wants you to "think again." Most cities in the U.S. celebrated the event several weeks ago already, but Mankato’s tradition of waiting for students to come back to the community is still an important strategy i... FULL STORY

Hear Call of Moose at MN State Fair
By Rob Lawson
August 25, 2014

Fairgoers can hear the Call of the Moose at the Minnesota State Fair. A new partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Les Kouba Outdoors was formed to raise awareness of the plight of Minnesota moose and raise money for moose research and management. At the Minnesota State Fair,... FULL STORY

Kouba moose on new critical habitat license plate
By Rob Lawson
August 12, 2014

Kouba moose on new critical habitat license plate Minnesota motorists can support conservation with a new critical habitat license plate featuring moose art by renowned wildlife artist Les Kouba. “Moose are synonymous with Minnesota’s north woods and its outdoor heritage,” said Minnesota Depar... FULL STORY

First Half Mfg. Home Taxes Due Sept 2
By Rob Lawson
August 8, 2014

The Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services Department reminds manufactured home owners that the first half of their 2014 taxes must be paid by Sept. 2, 2014 to avoid late fees. Tax statements $50 or less require payment in full by Sept. 2, 2014. The Taxpayer Services office is located on the first floo... FULL STORY

Mapleton Fall Cleanup Day
By Rob Lawson
August 8, 2014

Fall clean up day in Mapleton is September 20th. The City of Mapleton will send out more information about the day in the coming weeks. FULL STORY

Kato Police Offer PSA After Vehicle Burglaries
By Rob Lawson
August 7, 2014

The Mankato Department of Public Safety has recently responded to several reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles during the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in various residential neighborhoods. Unlocked vehicles are typically targeted, taking items such as coins and technology devices. There are no su... FULL STORY

New finds of aquatic invasive species reported
By Rob Lawson
August 7, 2014

New finds of aquatic invasive species have been reported in Green Lake near Spicer and Games Lake near Sunburg, both in Kandiyohi County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. During the week of July 14, a new infestation of Eurasian watermilfoil was reported to DNR Invasiv... FULL STORY

Bees and Wasps Cause for Peacepipe Park to Close
By Rob Lawson
August 5, 2014

Peacepipe Park, 131 Hosanna Avenue, is being closed for safety due to bees and wasps. The park is expected to reopen by 7 a.m. Wednesday (August 6), once elimination is complete. FULL STORY

Register a Night to Unite event
By Rob Lawson
July 30, 2014

Mankato-Register a neighborhood gathering for this year's Night to Unite event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 26. Night to Unite is an opportunity to get to know neighbors since neighbors who know each other are more likely to look out for each other. Night to Unite: raises crim... FULL STORY

Mapleton: Spray for Mosquitoes or Not?
By Rob Lawson
July 28, 2014

The City of Mapleton is conducting a poll to see if they should consider spraying the city neighborhoods with mosquito repellant. The city has sent out a poll, stating that many cities offer this service and Mapleton wants to know what its own residents think. So, if you live in Mapleton, do you... FULL STORY

Local wellness efforts get boost from BEC SHIP
By Rob Lawson
July 18, 2014

Blue Earth County Public Health announced Friday that with support from the Minnesota Department of Health, they will be partnering with schools, communities and businesses across Blue Earth County to support local work to make healthy choices easier. The goal of SHIP is to help make active living, ... FULL STORY

BEC announces property damage assessments today
By Rob Lawson
July 16, 2014

Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services will begin conducting damaged property assessment visits on Wed., July 16 starting with properties that have reported damage. Staff will be visiting properties throughout the next two weeks. The County is continuing to collect information and encourages thos... FULL STORY

Environmental Document Available for Review
By Rob Lawson
July 3, 2014

Blue Earth County has released an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed expansion of County Road 12 between County Road 17 (Madison Avenue) and State Highway 83 in eastern Mankato and Mankato Township. The proposed project involves construction of County Road 12 on a new alignmen... FULL STORY

Medicinal Herb Class at North Mankato Library
By Ann Swartz
July 3, 2014

Is it an herb or is it a weed? Some people think that the dandelion is a varmint that needs to be dealt with in their yards. Other people know the power that this plant can provide can be very helpful in everyday life. If you have always wanted to learn more about medicinal herbs the North Mankat... FULL STORY

Mankato Cops and Bobbers Fishing Program for Youth
By Rob Lawson
July 2, 2014

Mankato Department of Public Safety will host “Cops and Bobbers,” a weekly summer fishing mentoring program. The fishing program focuses on life skills. It also teaches safety and fishing skills, like baiting hooks, casting lines and catching fish. “Cops and Bobbers” provides an opportunity f... FULL STORY

Less Drunken boating arrests and accidents in MN
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports a major drop in drunken boating arrests and accidents around the state. This news comes as the DNR, county sheriff’s offices and federal agencies are stepping up patrols for impaired boaters this weekend — June 27-29. So far this year, 10 peo... FULL STORY

Flooding could be harmful for ground-nesting birds
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2014

For ground-nesting birds, high-water levels present another threat to their survival, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. In southern Minnesota, grassland ground-nesting birds like pheasants, meadowlarks, dickcissels, bobolinks, native sparrows, and ground-nesting ducks like the b... FULL STORY

Attend Family Picnic in the Park
By Rob Lawson
June 19, 2014

The location of the Family Picnic in the Park event scheduled for this evening has been changed due to potential severe weather. The event will now take place in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the Historic Blue Earth County Courthouse located at 204 S. 5th Street in Mankato. Blue Earth County... FULL STORY

No Wake Advisory Issued for Madison Lake
By Rob Lawson
June 19, 2014

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office issued a no wake advisory for Madison Lake because of unusually high water levels due to the recent heavy rainfall. Many docks are underwater, which causes safety concerns with boats traveling at increased speeds. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resource... FULL STORY

No Wake Advisory Issued for Lakes in NE BEC
By Rob Lawson
June 19, 2014

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office has issued a no wake advisory for lakes in the northeast area of Blue Earth County including; Madison, George, Duck and Ballantyne because of unusually high water levels due to the recent heavy rainfall. Many docks are underwater, which causes safety concerns ... FULL STORY

Flood Kits Available for BEC Residents
By Rob Lawson
June 19, 2014

Residents in need of flood clean-up kits may pick them up at the South Central Chapter of the American Red Cross located at 105 Homestead Road in Mankato today until 6 p.m. and Fri., June 20 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The clean-up kits include a broom, mop, bleach, bucket, gloves, trash bags and oth... FULL STORY

Summer Reading Programs in Blue Earth County
By Rob Lawson
June 5, 2014

Area youth are invited to take part in the 2014 Summer Reading Program at Blue Earth County Libraries in Mankato, Lake Crystal and Mapleton. This year's theme is “Paws to Read” and will offer several fun, educational activities and programs for participants to stay engaged in reading over the summe... FULL STORY

DNR Announces Deer Population Goals
By Rob Lawson
June 5, 2014

More deer in much of southeastern Minnesota is the anticipated outcome of a citizen-led deer population goal-setting process that increases deer numbers in five of the nine permit areas under review. “By managing for these new goals, the majority of permit areas should experience population incre... FULL STORY

Rain Barrels Available
By Rob Lawson
May 14, 2014

Those who ordered a discounted rain barrel or compost bin through the Recycling Association of Minnesota online sale are reminded that orders must be picked up on Friday, May 16 as part of a scheduled distribution event. The distribution event will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Blue E... FULL STORY

City Wide Garage Sales
By Rob Lawson
May 14, 2014

City Wide Garage Sales in Mapleton are this Friday and Saturday! There is also a Vendor & Craft fair at the Fire Station on Saturday. FULL STORY

Mayors Ride
By Rob Lawson
May 2, 2014

As part of Greater Mankato Bike and Walk week (May 12 to May 17), Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson and North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen will participate in a Mayors’ Ride. The ride begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 15 in Jackson Park, 151 East Jackson Street. The cities of Mankato and North Mankato are on... FULL STORY

Fire Station Open House
By Rob Lawson
April 23, 2014

Everyone is welcome to attend an open house at public safety's new Fire Station #2, 1721 Augusta Drive, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8. Tours of the building will be provided by firefighters. Information will be available about how to become a volunteer firefighter and on becoming a memb... FULL STORY

Property Taxes Due May 15
By Rob Lawson
April 12, 2014

Blue Earth County property owners can expect to receive tax statements and valuation notices in the mail throughout the coming days. Statements were mailed on Mon., March 31. In a continuing effort to best use County tax dollars, the notices and statements were mailed together. Taxpayers are remi... FULL STORY

Teddy Bear Clinic Held
By Rob Lawson
April 12, 2014

The Blue Earth County Library in Mankato hosted a Spring Teddy Bear Clinic on Thursday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lovelace Children’s Wing. Children and their families were invited to bring teddy bears for free clinic “check-ups”. In addition to teddy bear check-ups, there was a number of... FULL STORY

Housing Vouchers
By Rob Lawson
April 12, 2014

The Housing Choice Voucher (section 8) waiting list for the city of Mankato and Blue Earth County opens today--Monday, April 7. To be eligible, applicants must meet income guidelines and not have a history of violent behavior or drug involvement. Applicants must either live, work full-time (or are h... FULL STORY

Turfgrass Workshop
By Rob Lawson
April 12, 2014

A turfgrass maintenance workshop for professionals who manage grounds and lawns will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 at the Sibley Park Pavilion, 900 Park Lane. The program focuses on best management practices for lawn/turf care and maintenance to help save costs and time. The env... FULL STORY

Mapleton Flushes Water Mains
By Rob Lawson
April 12, 2014

The City of Mapleton will be flushing water mains on Monday April 21 through Friday, April 25, 2014 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Residents may experience rusty water and/or low water pressure while the mains are being cleared. The water is not harmful to drink but residents are advised not to was... FULL STORY

DNR says 1 in 5 boaters break laws
By Rob Lawson
April 3, 2014

With another boating season just around the corner, Minnesota boaters and anglers need to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). While the rate of AIS violations dropped in 2013, one in five boaters is still breaking the law, according to a newly published an... FULL STORY

Token BBQ Reopens After Squaring Financials
By Rob Lawson
April 2, 2014

Token BBQ in Mapleton, one of the barbecue pit wonders of rural Minnesota was opened and reopened by Tony Gregor and his family close to the Greater Mankato area. His saucy dream came to realization after eating the juicy BBQ Kansas City, where he attended college. According to news releases from... FULL STORY

No Needles
By Rob Lawson
April 2, 2014

Blue Earth County administers two separate disposal options for medical waste which include; the Medicine Collection Program and the Home Sharps Disposal Program. Residents who use the free drug drop-off service, known as the Medicine Collection program at the Blue Earth County Justice Center and... FULL STORY

Earth Day in Blue Earth County
By Rob Lawson
April 2, 2014

All ages are welcome to participate in Earth Day activities at the Blue Earth County Library in Mankato on Sat., April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will take place in the Lovelace Children’s Wing of the library where there will be activities, craft projects, informational displays, refreshmen... FULL STORY

Skywarn Spotter Training Class Rescheduled
By Rob Lawson
March 23, 2014

Skywarn Spotter Training originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 18 at the South Central College Conference Center in North Mankato at 6 p.m. has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 8 due to anticipated inclement weather. The free training is open to the public and teaches basic skills necessary to... FULL STORY

Mankato Security Survey
By Rob Lawson
March 23, 2014

The Mankato Department of Public Safety has a survey available to help property owners assess their sites for safety and security. Download the security survey. Another option is to request for a police officer to conduct an on-site inspection by contacting staff at 507-387-8780. Public safety st... FULL STORY

Affordable Housing Applications Being Accepted
By Rob Lawson
March 12, 2014

Affordable public housing applications for three-bedroom apartments are being accepted by the city of Mankato and Blue Earth County Economic Development Authority. To qualify, families generally need to have at least three children, or two children who are opposite genders and be income eligible. Qu... FULL STORY

Winter Public Service Announcement
By Rob Lawson
March 5, 2014

Since this year's winter weather has contributed to large amounts of snow, it can affect drivers' ability to see approaching pedestrians. It's recommended to reduce vehicle speeds and to be watchful for people walking. Black ice and slippery conditions can make it difficult for drivers to stop quick... FULL STORY

DNR Update for the N&E Metro GWMA Project
By Rob Lawson
March 5, 2014

GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY Minnesota’s use of groundwater has increased over the last two decades and is expected to provide a significant percentage of our increasing future water needs. An increasing reliance on groundwater may not be a sustainable path in all parts of the state for continued e... FULL STORY

SCSC Spelling Bee Champions
By Rob Lawson
February 27, 2014

1st - Kellen Rodriguez - Fairmont Jr/Sr High School (championship word - nemesis) 2nd - Blake Fosburgh - Mount Olive Lutheran School, Mankato 3rd - Jenna Rame - Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools Rodriguez will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. the last week of May... FULL STORY

MSU hosts pianist and psychologist Dr. Kogan
By Rob Lawson
February 27, 2014

Mankato, Minn—February 18, 2014—The Department of Psychology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Arts and Humanities at Minnesota State University are pleased to announce that award-winning pianist and psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan, M.D. will be presenting a unique lectur... FULL STORY

(SCSC) Minnesota Student Inventors Congress
By Rob Lawson
February 27, 2014

The South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) Minnesota Student Inventors Congress will convene at the Madison East Mall in Mankato on April 26. Do you have an idea for a great invention? Creativity, innovation, problem solving and the invention process are the main elements of the Minnesota Stud... FULL STORY

February for Dogs at Library
By Rob Lawson
February 7, 2014

The Blue Earth County Library is calling all dog lovers to attend activities put on by the Key City Kennel Club throughout the month of February. The Key City Kennel Club Dog Show has become a favorite annual event at the library for people of all ages. The event will take place on Sat., Feb. 8 fr... FULL STORY

Free Composting Seminar
By Rob Lawson
February 7, 2014

Blue Earth County Recycling Coordinator, Jean Lundquist, will visit Drummer’s Garden Center and Floral on Sat., Feb. 22 for a special presentation on indoor composting at 10 a.m. The seminar is free of charge and will feature information on using red wigglers to compost kitchen waste that can prov... FULL STORY

Help prevent vehicle fires
By Rob Lawson
January 29, 2014

Follow these steps: avoid idling a vehicle for long periods of time; check for frozen belts or electrical shorts; transport flammable liquids in closed, secure containers; as preventative maintenance, service vehicles according to a manufacturer's recommendations; keep engine free of debris, su... FULL STORY

Homestretch Workshop
By Rob Lawson
January 4, 2014

Thinking about buying a home? Before starting the home buying process, sign up for Home Stretch workshops held Thursdays, January 9 and 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Minnesota Valley room (first floor) of the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. Home Stretch wor... FULL STORY

Updated MNSure Info
By Rob Lawson
December 18, 2013

Submitted by Senator Kathy Sheran Senate District 19 Hello Friends, Below are the updated Assister (Navigator and Broker) lists. These lists apply only to Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties (Senate District 19). I am sending this to our general list and want to help get this information out t... FULL STORY

MNSure Information
By Rob Lawson
December 16, 2013

Submitted by Senator Kathy Sheran Senate District 19 Hello Friends, Although many of you are not purchasing health insurance through MNsure (the state health insurance exchange) because you are already covered under your employers, I did want to provide the information below as a tool for an... FULL STORY

New BEC Tax Tool for Public Users
By Rob Lawson
November 9, 2013

Blue Earth County recently launched a new interactive public access tool that allows users to view property, tax and GIS data from any web-based device. It is available via the County website at www.blueearthcountymn.gov under the Property & Taxes tab on the homepage. Beacon is a user frien... FULL STORY

Ag and Mfg Home Taxes Due in BEC
By Rob Lawson
November 9, 2013

The Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services Department reminds property owners that the second half of Agricultural Real Estate & Manufactured Home taxes are due by Friday, November 15, 2013. The Taxpayer Services office is located in the Historic Courthouse, 204 S. Fifth Street, Mankato. Payments can... FULL STORY

Buckthorn Removal at Sibley Park
By Rob Lawson
October 18, 2013

City of Mankato parks and streets staff are working cooperatively with Blue Earth County's supervised sentenced-to-serve crew to remove invasive buckthorn brush in Sibley Park before winter. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, buckthorn is one of the most invasive species fo... FULL STORY

Community Farm Celebrates Second Season
By Rob Lawson
October 18, 2013

The Blue Earth County Community Farm held an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday to commemorate the installation of a new well and drinking fountain at Weagel Park and showcase progress from the 2013 growing season. Additional highlights of the event included tours of the farm site and... FULL STORY

Mapleton Fall Cleanup
By Rob Lawson
September 14, 2013

Fall Cleanup day is Saturday, September 21. Remember you need to purchase stickers for appliances and electronics. They are available at city hall until September 19. FULL STORY

Mankato named community policing award winner
By Rob Lawson
September 14, 2013

Director of Public Safety Todd A. Miller said today the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is announcing that Mankato has been named a 2013 IACP and Cisco Community Policing award winner in its population category. The Mankato Department of Public Safety was selected for its work w... FULL STORY

Shoreland Vegetation Management
By Rob Lawson
July 9, 2013

Shoreland property owners and developers particularly along lake and stream banks are reminded to contact Blue Earth County Environmental Services at (507) 304-4381 or their local County zoning office for guidance on rules and regulations before proceeding with land alterations or removal of live ve... FULL STORY

BEC Comm. Farm Receives Hy-Vee Grant
By Rob Lawson
May 29, 2013

The 2013 growing season is underway for the Blue Earth County Community Farm, located just off the Red Jacket Trail near Mount Kato. A special grant announcement and check presentation took place today with Blue Earth County Community Farm project partners and Hy-Vee employees at the Mankato Hillto... FULL STORY

Crisis Intervention
By Rob Lawson
May 29, 2013

Mankato Department of Public Safety police officers and firefighters will host a 40-hour crisis intervention training class on dealing with mental health emergencies the week of July 22. Trained professionals can better respond to incidents and provide services to best serve those in need. "Train... FULL STORY

Tapestry Project
By Rob Lawson
May 10, 2013

According to the City of Mankato: The “Tapestry Project” provides an opportunity for people to share their experiences and get to know each other. Designed to benefit diverse community members, the program has continued to flourish, build community connections and positively make a difference. Pa... FULL STORY

Tax Notice Public Service Announcement
By Rob Lawson
May 10, 2013

The Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services Department reminds property owners that the first half of real estate taxes is due Wed., May 15, 2013. The Taxpayer Services office is located in the Historic Courthouse, 204 S. Fifth Street, Mankato. Payments can be made online at www.blueearthcountymn.gov ... FULL STORY

Justice Center Tour Monday
By Rob Lawson
April 28, 2013

Blue Earth County is providing public tours of the Justice Center located at 401 Carver Road in Mankato on Mon., April 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. The tours will showcase areas within the Sheriff’s Office and Courts as part of April National County Government Month activities for this year’s theme of Smart... FULL STORY

Dispose of Hazardous Products and Rid Near Floods
By Rob Lawson
April 24, 2013

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Blue Earth County are urging home and business owners to move or dispose of products that could become hazardous wastes from flood-prone basements, workshops, garages and other areas. “It’s a good idea to move household products out of harm’s... FULL STORY

HHW Facility Set to Open
By Rob Lawson
March 29, 2013

The Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility and Product Re-use Center is set to open for the season on Tues., April2. The facility is located at 651 Summit Ave., Mankato and is open every Tuesday afternoon from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. t... FULL STORY

Homestretch Workshops
By Rob Lawson
March 7, 2013

Are you thinking about buying a home? Sign up for Home Stretch workshops Thursdays, March 7 and 14 at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, in the Minnesota Valley Room (first floor) from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Home Stretch workshops cover: homeownership--is it right for you? ... FULL STORY

MPCA Recognizes Kato For Wastewater Efforts
By Rob Lawson
March 7, 2013

Mankato’s wastewater treatment plant has been recognized by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as outstanding in operation, maintenance and compliance. Mankato’s efforts help Minnesota significantly reduce pollution that comes from point sources while protecting and preserving water quality. Man... FULL STORY

Cop Training Downtown Kato
By Rob Lawson
February 24, 2013

According to Mankato Police: Beginning Thursday afternoon, February 14, the River Valley Tactical Response team is training in downtown Mankato at the building on Second and Walnut streets on the latest rescue techniques. The training is expected to last throughout the day. The River Valley Ta... FULL STORY

New Parks Superintendent
By Rob Lawson
February 24, 2013

Mankato-Effective Monday (February 25), Mark McQuillan will begin serving as parks superintendent for the city of Mankato. McQuillan's bachelor's and master's degrees in parks and recreation were earned from the University of Minnesota. He has several years of experience in the public sector, incl... FULL STORY

Blue Earth County Citizens Academy Apps Available
By Rob Lawson
January 30, 2013

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Blue Earth County Citizens Academy. The free program offers Blue Earth County residents a unique opportunity to get an inside look at county government operations and services. Throughout the sessions, participants will interact with elected offi... FULL STORY

Apply For Community Emergency Response Team
By Rob Lawson
January 30, 2013

Get involved as a volunteer with the city of Mankato’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Volunteers with CERT provide critical assistance needed in the case of a disaster such as a flood or tornado and assist during large city events. CERT members play a critical role in emergency situations... FULL STORY

County Seeking Business Recycle Data
By Rob Lawson
January 20, 2013

According to Blue Earth County officials: Blue Earth County is seeking participation from businesses in gathering recycling data for the annual SCORE report that counties within Minnesota are required to submit each year by State statute. This report requires information on tonnages for everyth... FULL STORY

Ice Rinks Closed by City
By Rob Lawson
January 12, 2013

Due to mild temperatures, Mankato ice rinks (located in Stoltzman, Thomas, Alexander, Erlandson and Dotson parks) have been closed. Staff will inspect ice rinks on Monday (January 14). Rinks will remain posted as closed until ready for use. For more information call 311 or 507-387-8600. FULL STORY

Habitat For Humanity Provides Family Home
By Casey Conroy
December 16, 2012

New Ulm- Lonnie Bronstad, and Niki Gendron, and their five young boys will be happy with their present from Santa this year, getting a new house worth approximately $100,000 courtesy of Habitat For Humanity. The couple was selected based on meeting standards for low income guidelines Habitat f... FULL STORY

Sleepy Eye Man Charged With Solicitation
By Casey Conroy
December 9, 2012

John R. Jahnke, 61 of Sleepy Eye was charged with 3 felony counts of child solicitation on Wednesday in Brown county. In January of 2010, a Wisconsin officer was posing undercover in a chat room as a 15 year old girl. Jahnke reportedly messaged the undercover agent and offered explicit pictures t... FULL STORY

Police Still Looking For Mother Accused of Kidnap
By Casey Conroy
November 30, 2012

With a warrant out for her arrest, 21 year old Reina Gandarilla is still on the run from the Blue Earth county authorities. Gandarilla and her foster children were living at "Whole Family Foster Care" near Pemberton. It is believed that she has assistance in the kidnapping, due to not owning a v... FULL STORY

Mankato Man GivenThree Felonies
By Casey Conroy
November 30, 2012

Chad Richard Zuehlke, 38 was charged in court with 3 felonies. Two on domestic assault charges, and the other because of four prior assault convictions. According to a criminal complaint, he was seen near an East Liberty Street apartment Monday assaulting an ex-girlfriend. He was promptly arreste... FULL STORY

Mapleton Library Halloween Party
By Casey Conroy
October 23, 2012

Wear your costumes, there will be treats. Come to the Mapleton Library for the annual Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 31 @ 5:30 p.m! FULL STORY

HFCS Shows Correlation To Rise In Autism In U.S.
By Casey Conroy
October 20, 2012

In a clinical study done in 2011 identifying factors contributing to an increase of levels of autism in the United States it was found that children and adults ages 6 to 21 receiving special education in the category of autism had increased a whopping 91% between 2005 and 2010. So what is causing... FULL STORY

Library Awarded Best Buy Grant
By Casey Conroy
October 17, 2012

According to Blue Earth County: The Blue Earth County Library System was awarded an $8,000 community grant from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation in support of Tech for Teens. The grant is awarded from the @15 Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores to support program... FULL STORY

Mankato City News Highlights
By Casey Conroy
October 3, 2012

According to the City of Mankato: Public Safety Center Opening Soon On October 23 the new Public Safety center is set to have an open house celebrating the opening of the building and combining of the city's police and fire staff in one place to provide optimum security to the citizens of Mank... FULL STORY

Blue Earth County Launches New Websites
By Casey Conroy
October 2, 2012

Press Release according to Blue Earth County: The new Blue Earth County website at www.blueearthcountymn.gov and the Blue Earth County Library System website at www.beclibrary.org were launched today. Both feature enhanced design and functionality for users to access information and services. ... FULL STORY

Volunteer With The Mankato Dept. of Public Safety
By Casey Conroy
September 24, 2012

The Mankato Department of Public Safety is recruiting resident volunteer firefighters and reserve police officers. Training is provided. Resident volunteer firefighters are community members who live at the fire station and staff calls for service in exchange for rent. Website:(http://bit.ly/ULu... FULL STORY

Keeping Your Neighborhood Clean
By Casey Conroy
September 20, 2012

According to the City of Mankato: Help keep Mankato looking its best by using outdoor furniture outdoors and indoor furniture indoors. Residents are asked to remove indoor furniture from their porches, yards and decks because they can become infested with rodents and small animals. Public safety ... FULL STORY

Media Advisory: Library Board Meeting Cancelled
By Casey Conroy
September 12, 2012

Media Advisory: 9/5/12 Tomorrow’s Library Board Meeting Cancelled The Blue Earth County Library Board meeting scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 6 has been cancelled due to a lack of quorum. The next meeting is scheduled for Thurs., Nov. 1. FULL STORY

Mapleton Citywide Clean-Up Day coming up Sept. 22
By Casey Conroy
September 12, 2012

Mapleton Residential Citywide Clean-Up Day is September 22. Tags for Electronics and appliances will again be needed - They must be purchased by noon on Thursday September 20th. FULL STORY

Online City Newsletter Highlights
By Casey Conroy
September 6, 2012

Department of Natural Resources grants $25,000 to the City Of Mankato. The money will go towards planting trees around the city to help fight against pollution, conserve energy, and make city living better. For more information on the trees, contact staff at (507) 387-8585 You may notice the... FULL STORY

Tips for a safe school year
By Casey Conroy
September 5, 2012

Students and motorists can stay safe during the school year in Mankato with the following Safety tips: Passing a school bus - When a school bus arm is down and red lights are flashing, it is illegal to pass the bus from either direction. Drivers who do so can be fined not less than $300. ... FULL STORY

Library Board Meeting Scheduled for This Week
By Casey Conroy
September 5, 2012

The Blue Earth County Library Board will hold a board meeting on Thurs., Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Blue Earth County Library, 100 East Main Street in Mankato. For more information, contact: Tim Hayes Library Director Blue Earth County Library (507) 304-4007 FULL STORY

Taxes Due
By Rob Lawson
August 9, 2012

The Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services Department reminds manufactured home owners that the first half of their 2012 taxes must be paid by August 31, 2012 to avoid late fees. Tax statements $50 or less require payment in full by August 31, 2012. The Taxpayer Services office is located on the first ... FULL STORY

Community Farm Event
By Rob Lawson
August 9, 2012

Blue Earth County invites you to visit the Blue Earth County Community Farm for an open house on Thursday, August 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a short program scheduled at 9:30 a.m. "We’re excited to share with you firsthand the progress of the farm during its inaugural growing season!" "Co... FULL STORY

Homestretch Workshops
By Rob Lawson
July 29, 2012

If thinking about buying a home, sign up for August Home Stretch workshops Thursdays, August 2 and 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Blue Earth River Room (first floor) of the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. Home Stretch workshops cover: * Homeownership-... FULL STORY

Community Farm To Build Fence Near Harvest
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2012

The Blue Earth County Community Farm is in its inaugural season at Weagel Park (located at the intersection of Hwy 66 and Indian Lake Road just off the Red Jacket Trail) and volunteers will be installing a fence around the farm land donated by Blue Earth County this Thursday, June 28, 2012 beginning... FULL STORY

Tree Inventory
By Rob Lawson
May 26, 2012

Help inventory trees in Mankato -- volunteer to serve on a community tree inventory team. Everyone is welcome to participate; no experience is necessary. Training will be held at the public works center, 501 South Victory Drive: * 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday June 21 * 5:30 p.m. to ... FULL STORY

Red Jacket Trestle Celebration Saturday
By Rob Lawson
May 18, 2012

The public is invited to attend the Red Jacket Trestle Celebration on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Red Jacket Trail Park along State Highway 66. Ride, walk or run out on the Red Jacket Trail to the historic trestle and help celebrate the re-opening of an area landmark. The event wil... FULL STORY

BEC Library Repairs
By Rob Lawson
May 18, 2012

The Blue Earth County Library in Mankato is scheduled to begin repair and resurface work on the north portion of its parking lot which spans from the rear entrance to under the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Work will begin at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 21 and is expected to take about a month for completion... FULL STORY

Volunteer Positions City of Mankato
By Rob Lawson
May 10, 2012

Volunteer applications are being accepted for the 2012 Minnesota Air Spectacular, featuring the Blue Angels. The event is Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at the Mankato Regional Airport, 3030 Airport Road. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and available for a minimum of six hours. They m... FULL STORY

Kitchen Fire Safety
By Rob Lawson
May 10, 2012

The Mankato Department of Public Safety and Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) recently teamed up to bring a “Kitchen Fire Education Trailer” to MSU's campus to educate students and the general public about how to prevent and respond to kitchen fires. See the KEYC-TV broadcast featuring the d... FULL STORY

City of Mankato Warns for Emergency Preparedness
By Rob Lawson
March 14, 2012

Message from City of Mankato: Planning and preparation are essential to quick response and rapid recovery should there be a severe weather related event in the community. The city of Mankato's management team is actively meeting because now is a great time to prepare and review emergency plans. S... FULL STORY

Kato Spring Cleanup
By Rob Lawson
April 30, 2012

The city of Mankato's annual Spring Clean-up begins Saturday, May 5 and runs each Saturday in May (5, 12, 19, and 26) from 7 a.m. to noon at 221 Lamm Street. Spring Clean-up, a value-added benefit of Mankato’s garbage and recycling service, is an opportunity to dispose of unwanted items. Electron... FULL STORY